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Brewed by Brasserie Rochefort
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Rochefort, Belgium

bottled
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RATINGS: 3620   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The lower gravity cousin to Rochefort 10. Nicknamed "Spéciale" (’The Special’), this beer is the most recent production. The Rochefort 8 has a more tawny colour and a more pronounced aroma, with an even richer fruitiness (a slight undertone of fig?) and a little more spiced dryness, like that of a cake, which gives a balanced finish to the final notes.

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4.7
prsmatt (3) - Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2007 does not count
Dark slightly cloudy pour with a creamy off-white head that remained all the way to the bottom of the glass. Slightly larger carbonation bubbles than I expected but not objectionable in any way. Thick malty flavour that became more banana-like as it warmed. Very sweet smooth finish. Big, smooth mouth feel. Excellent beer even at $4/bottle.

4.2
juiceisloose (1498) - Windermere, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2007
Poured a dark brownish orange color with a 2 finger creamy off white head. had a nice aroma of sweet dark fruit, caramel, and malts. The flavor at first was all dark fruit and berries with a good amount of carbonation to back it up. Once is started to warm upI get more bananas, sweet malts and caramel. This one was full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel that went down nice and smooth. Had a nice aftertaste of berries left behind as well. It was just solid all around for this style.

4.5
pjf (9) - USA - SEP 17, 2007 does not count
bottle, bold, aromatic thick , palate pleasing, and just an outstanding product in all areas. one of my personel top 10

4.7
AMN (127) - Dublin, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2007 Great fruity/malty taste. Drink the sediment in a shot glass. Delicious when warm. Best beer I’ve had yet; absolutely worth the price tag. Can’t wait to try the 10.

4.4
phllybeer29 (20) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2007
Cellared for 2 years after purchase. Excellent pour with foam head that lasts until the bottom. Very easy to drink beer with a hint of fruity taste. Very smooth on the way down.

4.2
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2007
bottle at a friends house last night. without a doubt, the Belgian Monks know a thing or two about brewing beer! great looking pour, slightly cloudy-hazy brown with a perfect foam head settling to creamy lacing which lasted throughout. aroma was sweet with caramel malts, some chocolate, apples and ripe fruit. flavor was subtle notes of the previously mentioned aroma profile and no hint of the alcohol. a solid beer in every aspect!

4.1
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - SEP 9, 2007
(330 ml bottle (stamped "12 10 10") from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/maine/wells/tul target=blank>Tully’s, cellared for 1 yr. after purchase) Elegant beer but quite hot...Pours very dark reddish brown. Two fingers of soft biege head. Aroma of brown sugar and dark fruit. Mouthfeel is incredibly soft and light, very fine bottle carbonated texture, dryish. Tastes dark and fruity. Winey. Hints of brown sugar. Pretty hot from fore through finish. A fine beer although I’d have swapped some of the hotness for a bit richer flavor.

4.3
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2007
Pours extremely dark amber brown with a massive tan head that takes a while to receed and leaves a lot of lacing. Nose is strong and sweet. After a few minutes of it being open and sitting in the glass (and not being drunk), it seems to have calmed down and is a bit more even. Taste is sweet with a huge edge to it. Alcohol is noticably present, but firmly mixed in with the other flavors. Feel is smooth with character. Highly drinkable.

4.1
Ingy (100) - candler, North Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2007
bottle. Big, foamy head. aroma of fruit, roses, spice. Creamy, round with good length. Raisins, malt, not too sweet, smooth. Very Nice.

4.2
Bullit (4642) - Burgos, SPAIN - SEP 7, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2008 Dark brown, tan head. Aroma is malty, fruity and spicy. Taste is of red fruits, malts, and spices. Generous carbonated. Long aftertaste of raisins and chocolate.


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